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, but they are trying to carve out a deal capable of winning bipartisan support. president obama said the u.s. can't afford a self inflicted wound to our economy. >> fortunate lie congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i had a good and constructive discussion with senate and house leadership about preventing the tax hike on the middle class and we should be able to reach an agreement to pass both house necessary time. >> senate leaders can't strike a deal. it would be a plan c. keeping tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less . extending unemployment benefits and delay dramatic spending cuts until later next year. >> they realize it is it a critical time. >> we are engaged in discussion majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes we can come forward sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make and we'll be working hard to try to get there in the next 24 hours. >> sources say house spheeker bone bone deferred to the senate and house would consider or amend the plan and not expected to be included is the d
. the president used his bully pulpit to reinforce the idea that senators need to get busy. so let's listen. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything always has to wait till the last minute. we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> so jessica, you were in the room for the president's remarks. on a scale of 1 to 10, let's measure the anger perhaps that was emanating from the president right now with congress waiting until this last-minute deal. how angry is he? >> well, he definitely was using the bully pulpit to pressure congress to get something done this weekend. i'd say he seemed frustrated, but i definitely have seen him more frustrated, and today he wasn't totally out of patience, and today, martin, he said that he believes "we may be able to reach an agre
's an expectation. narrator: over 300 million people live in the united states. and each person uses an average of 100 gallons of water every day. man: what it takes to actually make clean water is somewhat a mystery to most customers. woman: so how does water get from the river into your house, or here at school? woman: somebody has to bring that water to us, and somebody has to take it away when we're finished with it. man: the water infrastructure is vital for disease protection, fire protection, basic sanitation, economic development, and for our quality of life. man: you just can't visualize all the assets that are under our feet. we have about two million miles of pipe in this nation. if you're walking around in an urban area, you're probably stepping on a pipe. man: our grandparents paid for, and put in for the first time, these large distribution systems. woman: and in many cases, it's not been touched since. man: we're at a critical turning point. much of that infrastructure is wearing out. narrator: our water infrastructure is made up of complex, underground systems that function cont
. >> alison, christy, hi. well, the good news is, things could have been worse. it does seem those of us watching the sidelines as though time is running out. congress does some of its best, at least the speediest work when the nation's back is against the wall. >> reporter: after a rare oval office meeting, the president said he's modestly optimistic a deal can come together, emphasis on modestly. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> reporter: all sides left in agreement, at least over their next step. >> we'll be working hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. >> whatever we come up with is going to be imperfect and some people aren't going to like it. some people will like it less, but that's where we are. >> so on saturday, the senate leaders will try to agree on legislation extending some income tax cuts, preventing pay cuts to medicare providers and fixing the alternative minimum tax. the president says an agreement must include an extension of unemployment benefits and
childers. play us out in the new year or satted afternoon with your song all of the gold in california . thank you for watching and here is it larry gatlin. >> never was appropriate. ♪ all the gold in california. ♪ is in a bank in the middle of beverly hills in somebody else's name. >> a fox news alert. senate leaders now holding crucial fiscal cliff talks on capitol hill rushing to come up with a last ditch agreement to avoid deep spending cuts and year end tax hikes affecting the lives of every american, i'm kelly wright. >> i'm heather childers in for jamie colby. the 11th he hour scramble after a crucial meeting on friday, between president obama and the leaders of the house and senate and urged lawmakers to urge them to do whatever it takes to cut a deal. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody is going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live in
? do any of you have learners' permits? now where were we? >> he used your car to mount a nissan sentra. the number one sign your dog is a bad driver, always taking eyes off road to lick himself. >> reporter: being trained to drive with treats is sure to have dogs heading for the closest drive-through. do you want to be the designated driver? who wants to be the designated driver tonight? >> reporter: definitely not napoleon. driving is his waterloo. jeanne moos, cnn. >> i said, hit the brake, not eat the cake. >>> we are on "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> breaking news. the president holds a last-minute press conference and calls on the senate to act on the fiscal cliff. but with four days to go, will his push make a difference? >>> plus, politicians promised that the newtown shooting would change our national debate on guns. are those just empty promises? >>> we count down the top five political rivalries. who won, who lost, what it means for 2013. let's go "outfront." >>> breaking news. the president makes an 11th hour announcement tonight putting the pressure squarely
news is things could have been worse. it doesn't seem to those of us watching from the sidelines as though time is running out, but congress does some of its best or at least its speediest work when the nation's back is against the wall. after a rare oval office meeting with top congressional leaders, the president said he's modestly optimistic a deal can come together. emphasis on "modestly." >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> reporter: both sides left an agreement, at least over their next step. >> we'll be, would go hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. >> whatever we come up with is going to be imperfect. some people aren't going to like it. some will like it less, but that's where we are. >> reporter: on saturday they will try to agree on legislation preventing income tax, providing pay cuts to medicare providers and fixing the alternative tax. the president says an agreement must include an extension of unemployment benefits. republicans called for a measur
and that means, steven, it is time for you to come back to the u.s. >> so that is the homework and we will meet again and i want to hear answers to all of these things, and we have one more surprise tonight, so in the meantime, go home, and take a little rest and look your best for when we meet again. >>> so did steven and gregory listen to us? will they change the company name? will steven move to new york? to find out those answers as well as what else we had in store for them, make sure you hang around for the second part of the makeover coming up. >>> like it or not, facebook's new time line format is almost here. m march 30th, the new platform will be rolled out across the popular social media site. the changes of the of all feel of the site are significant and how brands talk to customers and leverage content. what does this mean for your small business facebook page? jason keith is the founder of social media education company social fresh and he is here to give us a primer on the changes and how to customize the page in advance of the launch. >> thanks for having me. >> yes, the last th
serious tax hikes and spending cuts that would potentially send the u.s. into another recession. we don't want to see that a. right now senate leaders are trying to assemble a last minute tax deal that they hope can pass both chambers of congress. and make it to the president's desk before monday's midnight deadline. chief congressional correspondent mike emmanuel has more on this. what are the latest on these talks to avoid a fiscal catastrophe? >> the key negotiators have been tight lipped, which may be a good sign talking to one another and not to reporters. senate majority leader harry reid and mitch mcconnell asked president obama and other congressional leaders to give them time to work on a compromise deal, recognizing time is running out. again today, the president emphasized the need for action. >> and congress can prehave not it from happening if they act now. leaders in congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class and i believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> we are told conversations are taking place. m
the next couple of display out and will the president's tactics work? joining us is jamie weinstein. what do you think of that? >> i don't know if his threats are going to work very much because even his proposal has to have the acquiescence of all senators. the fact of the matter is senators know whether they do something or not the next day after the fiscal cliff there is going to be a bill in congress to lower tax rates after all the tax rates expire below $250,000. maybe at this point it looks like the big win that the republicans might get, if you want to call it that, is extending that slightly upwards to $400,000 or $500,000. this is bare bones deal. we're not solving our fiscal approximate and not discussing it. this is going to be fought another day, perhaps in a month with the debt ceiling. >> gregg: "wall street journal" probably had in an op-ed today the best line of the week. we'll put it up on the screen. the fiscal cliff melodrama is bad cabling reality show, real housewives of new jersey without the seven siartd without though not without the plastic surgery. they are phon
more from the president. and our political analyst michael yaki will give us his take on today's developments. >> catherine: there's rain on the way this holiday weekend. this is a live look from our camera on mount tam. and a look at downtown san francisco. i'm here in the weather center with jacqueline bennet -- where is the wet weather? >> jacqueline: we are still getting some return on the radar but it is still too dry for the rain to hit the ground. it will be moving and later. as we see this offshore and wider on the satellite & radar toward the tail end of this system is approaching the coast. it is just to the west of eureka. we can see this right. it will take a dive towards the south. but we could get some of this rainfall overnight. here is a lock on futurecast. the san mateo coastline, and-look on futurecast. with santa rosa, and san rafeal. it is going and coming back over the san mateo coast towards the coast. by ted o'clock, still showers in the north bay. and towards the east bay the showers will continue early saturday morning timing it out, coming up. >> cathe
are the chances of them getting their ducks in a row, boehner getting his ducks in a row and us still being able to avoid the krif? >> right. we should have a better sense of that by tomorrow afternoon when they start to reconvene. speaker boehner made it clear at the meeting at the white house on friday, anything that the senate passes will be considered by the house, might be amended, might be changed a bit. has to go back to the senate quick for changes. but he said will indeed be considered. the question, can perhaps all the democrats plus at least some republicans, come together to pass something while a bunch of conservative republicans will oppose it, because it's raising taxes for one thing. >> the issue of taxes, is this a consequence of really what happens with bush 41? who is recovering in the hospital, by the way, right now and certainly our thoughts are with him. when he broke that pledge, read my lips, no new taxes, that was a real turning point for republic i had dans thought he lost that election because he went back on that pledge and raise taxes. will you get anyone in the hous
will tell us how it will affect your travel plans. >> nothing makes ginger happier than a big winter storm. we'll talk to her in just a moment. >>> speaking of travel. this is exactly what you do not want to hear after you've ponied up for a christmas cruise on "the queen mary 2." the captain warning passengers not to use the public bathrooms or eat at the buffet. we'll have that coming up. >>> and battling a stomach bug is not an ideal to lose weight. but shooting pounds is always at the top of the list for new year's resolutions. if that's your plan, we have a feline that can help. meet tiny tim. in one year, this cat lost 20% of his body weight. we'll tell you his secrets and how they can help trim down your body in 2013. that's still ahead. >> he's an inspiration to all of us. >>> we're going to start this morning with insult to injury. round two of back-to-back winter storms, right now, rolling through a huge swath of this country. the timing could not be worse for people trying to travel for the holidays, either get home or get somewhere else. abc's meteorologist ginger zee tracking
of children and families with shattered dreams. why has the russian government banned adoptions by u.s. citizens? >>> and new revelations about ronald reagan's relationships with two of the most powerful women in the world, the queen and margaret thatcher in documents released three decades later. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening, i'm natalie morales in tonight for brian. it is down to the wire now with about 80 hours until the fiscal cliff deadline. and on what is a holiday weekend for many, that is not the case for congressional leaders in washington. there was a sense of urgency today as the president met with house and senate leaders along with the treasury secretary and vice president a short while ago at the white house to try and forge a last-minute deal. the president says he is optimistic, but at this hour, the fiscal cliff still looms. we begin our coverage with nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander who has been watching the developments all day. peter, good
>>> good evening, thanks for joining us tonight. i'm maureen umeh. one of the top stories tonight, the winter weather we saw earlier today. this is what it looked like earlier. big, wet flakes falling and some rain. the winter weather advisory for us, our area, that ended and that doesn't mean all is clear just yet. the roads, they could get slick with temperatures dropping. we're going talk more about that in a few minutes. but first, with less than two days to go until we hit the so- called fiscal cliff, president obama's sum -- president obama summoned the house and summit leaders from both parties for a meeting on friday. if they can't reach a deal, taxes go up on all of us. plus, don't forget the impact on your 401k. audrey barns joins us with the latest. >> reporter: everyone involved in a meeting between republican and democratic leaders described it as productive, yet it didn't produce an agreement and there are two days left to get it done to avoid automatic tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts. lawmakers involved in the white house summit vowed to keep chipping
as the big hole over us right now, by the time we get past the next couple hours, we're going to be fairly dry. then the hole is going to start to fill in. a little bit of sleet mixing in with the rain south. this will be a wintry day for some folks. that will be those folks up to the north. i think temperatures will remain low enough that when it snows, that snow will stay on the ground. for any untreated secondary roads, it could get a little slippery. louden county, you could get 1, maybe 2 inches of snow. same around montgomery county and baltimore. then mainly rain from d.c. south and east. we'll talk more about what you can expect behind this system after all this snow and we'll look at new year's eve coming up. >> thank you. >>> this winter storm is expected to affect mostly the northern and western parts of our area. news 4's derek ward has been on the roads this morning monitoring the conditions. derek, what have you seen so far? >> reporter: well, so far, not a lot. we did see some flakes at about 5:00 this morning. this is what we've seen a lot of. these trucks with their flashi
tell us about the meeting at the white house today? >> well, we've heard different takes where you hear everybody has a different perspective on what happened depending on which party they're in. the big takeaway is everybody left grieving on the next step, which is that the senate will confer, the two leaders will confer and try to hammer out an agreement that democrats and republicans can both get on board with this what they will spend their day with tomorrow. we are not going to see or hear a lot of public action tomorrow. then they'll try to sell it to their respective parties on sunday, as you said, they'll try to bring it to a vote maybe sunday night or sometime monday morning in the senate. and at least there's agreement on the next steps, john. it's better than nothing. >> thank you, jessica. it will be a working weekend. the minnesota majority in the house of representatives will of course be key to getting any deal across the finish line. "outfront" tonight, republican congress steve la turret of ohio, a member of the appropriations committee. thanks for coming "outfront." wi
is here to break it down for us from the washington bureau. we will start with kristen. last we heard, kristen welker, the president came out to report that he is modestly optimistic. has the rhetoric changed at all today? >> reporter: it has changed a little bit. the president is still modestly optimistic, but i just spoke with a democratic source who tells me at this hour a deal is looking doubtful. of course, we want to underscore the fact that these negotiations are very fluid so that characterization could change at any moment, but it seems as though the discussions going on behind the scenes right now have yet to bear fruit and right now we do have the focus on the senate. majority leader reid and mitch mcconnell trying to hammer out a deal that would, to some extent extend the bush-era tax cuts for those making $250,000 although we might see that number go up to 400,000, 500,000 if there is some type of a deal. the president has called on a deal to extend unemployment insurance benefits so that is another aspect that they're negotiating, but clearly, these negotiations are diff
running out. t.j.? >> kristen welker for us at the white house. thank you so much. and joining me now with some inside perspective, there he is smiling this morning, democratic congressman elijah cummings a ranking member of the oversite committee. you are in baltimore, maryland right now. >> that's right. >> when are you heading back to washington, d.c.? >> i'll be in washington sometime later on this afternoon. >> and sir, what are you going to do when you get there? >> well, sadly, t.j., the house is in a position where we're going to have to wait and see what the senate does. as you remember, last week speaker boehner presented this plan b, which would have given -- extended tax cuts to those making less than $1 million and that was soundly rejected by his caucus. he never even presented it to the floor. so basically what he's done is thrown up his hands and said the house is out of this. we're just sitting on the sidelines sadly. so we have to wait and see what the senate is going to do. i was very glad to hear mr. mcconnell and senator reid say that they were going forward tryin
, is happening to us. whatever's happening in the asian community, that's us. instead of possessive commodified investment in our identities, we need to take possessive investment in our other communities' struggles. >> the life and work of junot diaz contain many worlds, and that makes him all the more worth listening to. his imagination travels between the old and the new, between the america that was and the america we're becoming. straddling different cultures, yet american to the core -- he seems to be looking in every direction at once -- a spotter of the future, a curator of the past, a man very much of the here and now. in his first book, "drown" and in "the brief wondrous life of oscar wao" -- the novel that won him the pulitzer prize, diaz writes in short, vivid strokes of realspeak. his recent collection of short stories, "this is how you lose her," was a finalist for the national book award. diaz, the novelist, once considered becoming an historian and to this day he summons his creative gifts by looking to his own past. he was born in the dominican republic, part of that caribbean
dog. [ laughter ] [ laughter ] >> john: we have no manners, do we. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for "special report." good night from washington. >> harris: this is the fox report. tonight, they are feeling the heat in washington. an urgent meeting at the white house. then the president calling a last-minus conference as they posture each hour we get closer to true damage to our paychecks and retirement funds. deep cuts to our military and more. the story developing this hour. lawmakers may not be able to stop one of the largest tax hikes in u.s. history. >> i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> we'll be working hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. >> harris: the man made economic nose dive just days away. can they get a deal done? >> if we don't have a deal within the next 24 hours, the question is, whether you where do you buy a parachute. >> the last minute move to save us from the fiscal cliff. and, a shooting inside a politician. -- police station. officers down and a s
to the u.s. 11 years to go to undergo treatment for rare life threatening facial tumors. he had been living in michigan on an expired visa and will now head to medical school. >>> a russian airliner slid off a runway and smashed outside moscow today. four of the eight crew members on board were killed as the plane splintered into three pieces. no passengers on board were -- no passengers were on board, and no one on the highway was injured. the jet is about as big as a 757. it was run by the russian airline red wings. the plane was arriving from the czech republic when it overshot the runway. >>> we knew it would end like this, didn't we? the fiscal cliff, still looming. spending cuts and tax hikes that could shove our economy into recession. and a deadline lawmakers ignored until the very last possible minute. live pictures now of the capitol. looks beautiful. man, but there's a lot of wrangling going on there. lawmakers are back up -- had their backs up against the wall right now. and as they try to find a plan that can pass congress. let's hope they do. cnn's chief white house correspond
? it was something i was going back and forth. for those who use social media, things are dumb frankly. i was getting into an intellectual question about the role of government. the person said government should not provide for the nutrition of children and it struck a chord with me because i don't think people think about what that would mean. we don't realize we live in a society where we make small amount of investments early, we make big investments lake. we all in fact are deeply invested in the success of kids because the more the economy grows, artists, teachers, professors and a entrepreneurs, children are the greatest natural resource we have in america, our children. my late -- this woman says this, i go back and she says why don't we see what it is like to live on food stamps or the snap program. i went to bed thinking no big deal. it was a big story. thiokol my staff. guess what i am doing? but it was a powerful thing. one of 14 cities in america with a food policy director and we had done a lot of work when trying to expand affordable health options. i said this is a great thing. we coul
numbers this week. as millions of us return from family gatherings or for new festivities, another snowstorm is thwarted our track. in king of push sha, they were skidding. near harrisburg, pennsylvania, two tractor-trailers crashed. slowing traffic to a crawl. the speed limit on about 300 miles of the pennsylvania turnpike was shaved to 45 miles per hour. hundreds of flights were canceled. delays from philadelphia to those stranded at the airports. in scranton, pennsylvania. in yankee stadium, a sloppy mess for syracuse and byu in that pinstripe bowl. here in syracuse, another winter blast. no break from all of this storm. almost a foot fell on thursday and now a couple more inches falling today. we have our ruler here, about 12 inches of snow on the ground. now, we're used to snow syracuse. but we haven't seen this much on the ground in two years. >> reporter: for most, the snow is more than welcomed on their week off. like maggie a pup in berlin, new york. zblin credible snow on top of snow. ginger is back with us now. what kind of totals are we looking to add to what we're alre
to all agree with every law that is passed. i don't agree with the laws that restrict contraception use now being put forth in different states around the country. i feel like those infringe on my rights as well. >> nothing infringes on your rights. >> you don't have to work at hobby lobby. economicception is an check issue for many women. >> this is about forcing the employer to give it to you for free. >> happy new. >> sean: and we continue to monitor here on the fox news channel america on the brink. the latest on the fiscal cliff. let not your heart be troubled. that is all the time we have left but greta is standing by >> juliet: wake up, everybody, it's saturday, december 29th. i'm juliet huddy. down to the wire for a fiscal cliff deal. and is it mitch mcconnell to the rescue. live in washington on the 11th hour negotiations. >> and did you know about to fall off the dairy cliff? >> juliet: have you seen the prices? >> dave: as high as 8 bucks a gallon for milk. >> clayton: oak ridge boys bush. special number tribute for number 41. "fox & friends" begins right now. >> am i wrong a
ordered 26.5 million products. ins is tagram lost a quarter of the daily use ers. facebook -- users. base book -- facebook bought it last year. >>> it is now the law in russia, u.s. families are no longer allowed to adopt russian children. the law was signed into law today. it is in retaliation of u.s. law for human right abusers there. a crushing blow for would-be parents here. a hopeful mom spoke about the 3- year-old she is waiting for. >> i love my daughter very much. i miss her. so i want to be reunited with her. and i want to bring her home. >> adoption agencies are protesting the ban in hopes adoptions in progress may go forward. >> reporter: come january 1st, new state law expected to make it easier for women to use sperm donors to get pregnant. it was crafted with single women and same sex couples in mind. it will allow them to wave strict federal testing restrictions when receiving sperm from a known donor. critics argued that the current rules discriminate against woman who do not have intimate male partners. >>> a bay area lawmaker is trying to stop drunk drivers from repeat
at large and michael duffy, executive editor for time magazine chronicle the relationship between the u.s. presidents in the president's club in side the world's most exclusive fraternity. political commentator kevin phillips recounts what he believes was the most important year of the american revolution which was 1775, a good year for revolutions. for an extended list of links to various publications, 2012 novel book selections visit the book tv website, booktv.org or our facebook page facebook.com/booktv . >> up next on book tv, richard wolff and david bersamian talk about our economic crisis and argue that it can be traced back to the 1970's when our economic system shifted from benefiting a vast majority of americans to one which mostly benefits only the very rich. this is about an hour-and-a-half. [applause] >> good to see you will hear. let's cut quickly to the chase. what is it and the dna of capitalism that makes this so unstable? >> since the beginning of economics as a discipline back in the days of adam smith and david mccarty who were the first to develop it as a comprehensiv
. of course, it's been all morning long that the dry air was over us. so everything working against us really getting any acculating snowfall. but we do have a batch that's moving in, moving through. you can see the white there. as i zoom in on d.c., you can see that we've got it right now around fairfax, around warrenton. the snow will be moving eastward. we have the chance of snow now for the next three, maybe four hours until noontime, but we're not going to get much. after noon, it's rain that takes over and starts eating away at the storm system. this whole event is over with at 3:00, except for the wind and cold. i'll have more on that and what you can expect for the rest of your weekend in a couple minutes. >> thank, veronica. >>> the snow has already started falling in the northern parts of the metro region. news 4's derek ward is live in frederick with more. good morning, derek. looks like you have quite the coating out there so far. >> reporter: well, indeed, we do. this has been here for a while. this actually fell on about wednesday. i don't know if the camera can pick it up now,
and had no idea who he is. he's now the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary and he joins us to tell his story. >>> and it's not a bird or a plane. it's the latest version of "superman," one of the blockbuster movies due out in the new year. all that and so much and more on "cbs this morning saturday" on this saturday, december 29, 2012. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to the weekend. this is the final weekend of 2013. >> exciting stuff, right? >> exciting to have you here with us. >> glad to be here. >> i said 2013 because i'm preparing for the new year so everybody knows. >> in for anthony mason. >> it's nice to have you with us for our new year's treat. >> thank you very much for having me. >> we also have another new year's treat for all of you this morning. >> yes. one of the world's great chefs david buis here in studio 57. duck with a little lobster and oysters on the side. and, of course there's champagne. >> and i haven't had any of it even though i said 2013. >> some champagne would be nice in one of the cups sniet would be nice.
>>> breaking news coming to us from singapore. in the past few minutes, it was just announced that the indian woman who was gang raped in delhi earlier this month that has caused national average has died. she was being treated at a hospital in singapore where she was on life-support. in india, her brutal attack triggered nationwide protests. the authorities struggling to contain the growing anger. we have received a statement from a doctor, the chief executive of the hospital where she was being looked after. "we are very sad to report the patient passed away peacefully at 4: 40 5:00 a.m. today singapore time. her family and officials from the high commission of india were at her side. we join her family in mourning her loss. the patient had remained in extremely critical condition since admission to hospital from the morning of december 27. despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in the hospital to keep per staple, her condition continued to deteriorate over the past two days. she suffered from severe organ failure suffering serious injuries to her body and brain.
at 11:15 eastern. "booktv." >> according to a report, the u.s. now has more student loan debt and credit card debt. next, a discussion on how to ease the debt burden on students and their families. hosted by propublica and the lower east side tenement of new york city. [applause] >> with a degree comes student debt. i'm really happy to be here tonight. it is great to take some time, to have this many and this whole set up to discuss these things, and these issues. i think propublica does a fantastic job with this, as they do with everything. we are happy to have a fantastic panel with the array of experts you would want to be discussing this issue. marion has been covering this for propublica, and a month ago had a fantastic piece that would-be the result of months of investigation of the debt burden on parents. that is an aspect that not a lot of people have been talking about. although you may have read about it on the cover of the "new york times" today, a month ago is when she began talking about it. we have the publisher and author of a best seller called "secrets to winning a schol
, senator mcconnell, later today. that shows us kind of where things stand. i wanted to break this down simply because there's so much that complicates the story. let's look really quickly at a graphic of the basics, what's happening right now. here's where we stand with the fiscal cliff. first of all, who's doing the negotiating? ice the top two senators, senator reid for the democrats, senator mcconnell for the republican, and it is their staff who are working out details right now. what are they talking about? mainly trying to find a way to avoid those tax hikes for most americans. that could also include an extension of unemployment benefits. what is unclear is whether other things such as budget cuts eliminating that sequester that's coming up or other things will be in that deal. when will all of this happen? the soon they could vote is tomorrow, but leadership tells us that they are just hoping to get the outlines of a deal to their members tomorrow so a vote also possible monday. that's when senator reid has said he wants the vote to hap n happen. again, just to be clear, we do
gog, find us on facebook and twitter. our handle is cnnbottomline. we continue right now. >>> from cnn world headquarters, this is "cnn saturday morning." still waiting. three days to go and no noon avert the fiscal cliff. what will lawmaker do to save you from more taxes and fewer benefits? >>> the littlest pawns in a political fight. we'll talk to one woman whose hopes for adopting a russian son may have just been shattered. >>> and they're back. kathy griffin and anderson cooper ringing in new year's eve. but why was kathy's make itted on "a.c.'s" -- naked on "a.c.'s" couch? we'll explain. >>> good morning, it's 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 on the west coast. i'm alison kosik. randi kaye is off today. we're just three days away from possibly crossing over the fiscal cliff. for the first time in weeks, there's some hope coming from washington. senate leaders are negotiating a deal they hope can go to a vote, go to a vote soon. cnn radio capitol hill correspondent lisa desjardins is in washington. you were on thrill yesterday for the political action between president obama, between
hour and a san francisco probably seen some sprinkles right now as well. let us to track some of these rainfall totals. not all of this is hitting the ground. there are pockets of yellow is indicating the rainfall in excess of 1 tenths per hour. we could it just see light sprinkles. as we go towards half moon bay. the rainfall totals and of and down the coast as this system continues to process along the coast. light rain towards richmond, berkeley. but one hour before things get saturated. as i mentioned a quick look outside. the satellite & radar pressing to the south and moving through a ukiah. and the rainfall approaching the coach with more tonight. timing it out on futurecast. >> catherine: in bay area news. just a day after oakland's top officials unveiled a new plan to fight crime. three people were killed overnight. two young men were gunned down about one this morning on mead avenue. about an hour and a half later. a woman was found stabbed to death on walnut street. kron 4's j.r. stone has more on what one of the department's new "top cop" consultants is saying abou
to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff. but can they do it in time? >>> and family feud. a college student fed up with what she calls her meddling, overbearing parents goes to court to get them to back off. now, she has a restraining order. today, saturday, december 29, order. today, saturday, december 29, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm cain for lester holt. just when you thought it was safe to go out, another storm is hitting the east coast. >> there won't be as bad as the storm that spun off tornadoes and dumped heavy snow across the northeast and the east this week. it could certainly impact holiday travel. we'll have the latest coming up in a moment. >>> also ahead, in the wake of the sandy hook school tragedy, a new plan from the controversial sheriff in arizona. he wants armed volunteers to patrol the schools there. we'll get into that debate. >>> then, we'll share with you a romance story 20 years in the making. it began with a simple love letter in elementary school. >>> plus, d
happens. but it is so totally used in every nook and cranny, that making any accommodation to shut it down, to do something to it, is very difficult. narrator: two massive underground tunnels, called simply tunnel 1 and tunnel 2, provide most of the city's water supply. they run hundreds of feet below manhattan, far deeper than the subways. built at the beginning of the 20th century, they are concrete-lined and bored through solid rock. they could last centuries. but the mechanical equipment within them will not. engineers in the 1950s discovered rust on the tunnel's valves. there were concerns that if they closed the valves for tunnel inspections, they may never open again, leaving new york city without water. so they chose to keep them open. as a result, there has not been significant inspection, maintenance, or repair of the tunnels in decades. no one knows their current condition. hurwitz: currently, city tunnel 1 and city tunnel number 2 would be feeding each half of the city. so you'd lose half the city if you didn't have a replacement. narrator: without half of its water supply, the
turn out like a lot of people assumed. >> josh mankiewicz with "ransom." ♪ ♪ ♪ >> thanks for joining us. i'm lester holt. whenever someone is kidnapped it triggers a race against time as police often joined by the victim's family, begin a frantic search. that's what happened in this story which begins with a young mom abducted at gunpoint, but as you're about to see, though her family and veteran investigators spent desperate days trying to find out where she was, they never could have guessed who had her and why. here's josh mankiewicz. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> this is the sheriff's office. >> my wife made a phone call to me a minute ago to say that she was held by gunpoint. >> businessman reid gray was on the line with the sheriff's office in a panic. he told the 911 operator that his wife had phoned him minutes earlier to say she'd been kidnapped. >> i would say it's not. >> the call would turn out to be just the beginning of an unbelievable saga that would baffle investigators and turn this husband's life upside down. the next few days would bring one setback after another and no
in the north and west of us solve snow, but closer to the district there was more of a winter mix and concern tonight is about icy roads in some parts. >> we will also see an increase in the wind. for more on that, let's get the first check with steve rudin. >> the wind will work toward vantage, helping to ride the pavement so we will not have the black ice we would normally see, but will still be some slippery spots overnight. the winter weather earlier in the day, quickly moving up the east coast. at new york city and boston, the bull's-eye right now. not havethe wind will really begin to increase, and we could have went gusts up to 35-40 m.p.h. all the warnings have been canceled for the immediate metro. if your travel plans ticket to the wewestern allegany, still the potential of additional snowfall. gradual clearing for the evening, 34-40, the wind increasing. the wind chill factor will decrease. by tomorrow morning, the wind chill factor in the teens across much of the region. coming up, what to expect new year's eve into 2013. >> for the second time in less than a week, we're talking a
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